Title: California Democratic State Central Committee Records
California Democratic State Central Committee
California State Archives
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[Identification of item], California Democratic State Central Committee Records, F3725, California State Archives.
The records of the Democratic State Central Committee are drawn from the papers of Elizabeth Snyder. Elizabeth Snyder was
born April 8, 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her political career began during college with the Young Democrats. She received
her graduate degree from UCLA in Political Science in 1937. After graduation she was nominated to attend the Young Democrats
convention in 1938 as national committee woman. The next few years she spent working on various Democratic party campaigns
within California, including the 1948 Truman presidential campaign. In 1950 she worked on the initiative petition to abolish
crossfiling. Two years later she served as chairman, women's division, Southern California, Democratic State Central Committee
1952. She also helped form Dime-a-Day for Democracy and the California Democratic Council 1952-1954. In 1954 she was the first
woman appointed as chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee. She served as chairman until 1956. She attended the
Democratic National Conventions in 1940, 1952 and 1956. In 1958 she became a partner with Snyder-Smith Advertising and Public
Relations, and she directed successful campaigns for local candidates throughout the early sixties.
The collection consists of correspondence of Elizabeth Snyder with individuals as well as Democratic organizations. In addition
there are records containing day to day activities of the Democratic State Central Committee including memorandums, minutes
of meetings and financial statements, papers relating to various Democratic organizations and concerning political campaigns.
The collection also contains miscellaneous documents, including press releases, research reports, theses and texts of speeches.